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Is the European Union an Optimum Defense Area? - Schuman Centre’s Seminar Series

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  • Wed 25 Apr 2018 16.30 - 18.00
  Add to Calendar 2018-04-25 16:30 2018-04-25 18:00 Europe/Paris Is the European Union an Optimum Defense Area? - Schuman Centre’s Seminar Series

This presentation examines whether the European Union is, is becoming, or is likely to become an optimum defense area. Many EU and European leaders have long advocated closer cooperation in security and defense, citing the advantages of economies of scale and scope, avoiding costly and unnecessary duplication of national weapons systems, and improved interoperability among national forces. Following Russia’s seizure of Crimea, British voters’ decision to leave the EU, and the election of Donald Trump, a number of new initiatives, institutions, and frameworks have been proposed or introduced to encourage closer defense cooperation in the EU. This presentation analyses whether the conditions that would support long-term, meaningful defense cooperation in the EU currently exist or are likely to emerge. Three features are central to optimum defense areas: the quality and quantity of strategic resources, conversion capability, and combat proficiency. This presentation engages contemporary debates on the EU’s ability to achieve closer defense cooperation by examining to what degree the EU satisfies these three conditions.

Chair: David Levine

Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia

This presentation examines whether the European Union is, is becoming, or is likely to become an optimum defense area. Many EU and European leaders have long advocated closer cooperation in security and defense, citing the advantages of economies of scale and scope, avoiding costly and unnecessary duplication of national weapons systems, and improved interoperability among national forces. Following Russia’s seizure of Crimea, British voters’ decision to leave the EU, and the election of Donald Trump, a number of new initiatives, institutions, and frameworks have been proposed or introduced to encourage closer defense cooperation in the EU. This presentation analyses whether the conditions that would support long-term, meaningful defense cooperation in the EU currently exist or are likely to emerge. Three features are central to optimum defense areas: the quality and quantity of strategic resources, conversion capability, and combat proficiency. This presentation engages contemporary debates on the EU’s ability to achieve closer defense cooperation by examining to what degree the EU satisfies these three conditions.

Chair: David Levine


Location:
Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia

Affiliation:
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

Type:
Seminar series

Organiser:
Prof. David Levine (Washington University in St. Louis & EUI)
Prof. Philipp Genschel (EUI - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies)

Contact:
Sarah Beck - Send a mail

Speaker:
Richard Maher (EUI - RSCAS)
 
 

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